On the surface, workplaces that instil diversity and inclusion practices have a happy workforce. But in reality, the advantages of workplace diversity and inclusion run deep and are entrenched within the business operations and culture.
Organisations experience greater levels of productivity from employees. They inspire innovation, creativity and connectivity leading to staff engagement and loyalty.
Job satisfaction and feeling valued means staff are less likely to seek external opportunities. Every team member you replace will cost you time and money. Equally important to retention is the ability to attract new employees.
So how do you demonstrate your values and culture to the outside world?
Step into the shoes of future employees
Anyone who has experienced a form of biased behaviour will do their homework before joining an organisation. At the application and interview stage they will research your position on diversity and inclusion and determine whether values are aligned.
If the budget allows, consider creating a ‘what it’s like to work at…’ video. This paints a picture of your workplace culture. Job seekers will be looking for a balance of gender, age and mix of cultural backgrounds.
Not everyone has a video budget, so use your website to demonstrate where you stand. Either post your policy, highlight company initiatives or employee benefits that reflect equality and respect. Beyond the policy, does your website reflect what you preach? Consider the images of people and use inclusive language. Publish employee programs, initiatives or testimonials from staff.